Theatre: Brown/Trinity Rep Acting and Directing

The principles governing Brown/Trinity Repertory Acting and Directing programs are based on a belief that all else proceeds from the primary image of an actor on a platform talking to an audience.

Actors are not the only artists in theater, nor are they the most important, but all artists in the theater (playwrights, directors, designers and actors) start from the premise that the essence of our art is actors engaging with an audience, and that our common goal is to explore and enhance the live, communal experience that is at the heart of theater.

The course of study combines the best aspects of conservatory training with the practical experience of a three-year internship at a professional theater, enhanced by the academic courses and credentials supplied by a university degree program. Students graduating from the program should have the skills necessary to work as actors, directors, teachers or a combination of all three. 

Additional Resources

Brown's special collections: Harris Collection of American Drama, the Sidney Albert Shaw Collection, the Smith Magicana Collection, three theaters, eight studios, departmental library, Harvard Theatre Collection, easily accessible resources throughout New England and in New York City, as well as downtown Providence theater spaces.

Admission Information

Information about the audition process is available on the Brown/Trinity Rep website. All applicants interested in financial aid must fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Admission Requirements

  • A photo, resume, and a private audition. Applicants are not required to respond to the questions regarding published articles or books and fluency in a foreign language in the Graduate School application. A writing sample is required for the Director's program (please see the Brown/Trinity Rep website for details).
  • GRE General: Not required
  • GRE Subject: Not required

Application Deadline: January 3rd

The application for fall 2022 admission will open in late August.

Admission Inquiry Form

MFA Acting Completion Requirements

The core curriculum consists of daily acting, voice, and movement classes, supplemented by frequent workshops in specialty areas. Technique work continues throughout the program, but there is a progressive shift in emphasis from the acquisition and refinement of skills to their practical application. In the final semester, through individual and group sessions, the student focuses strongly on showcase presentations and thesis work. In addition to classroom training, assignments in the Consortium and/or Trinity Rep Company productions will be an important component of training. Students will be expected to participate in a variety of studio and mainstage productions. Understudy duties on mainstage Trinity productions may also be assigned; the combination of understudy and performance work will give the graduating student enough candidate weeks to be awarded his or her Equity card upon graduation.

MFA Directing Completion Requirements

The three–year program is defined thematically in the following manner: first year: story, text analysis and dramatic action — contemporary and modern drama; second year: conceptualization – verse drama and new plays; third year: collaboration and expanded forms. Directors will participate in a weekly directors' seminar, led by members of the Brown faculty and Trinity Rep artistic staff. In addition, they will attend academic courses designed to introduce a variety of theoretical concerns and methodological approaches. Directors will also participate in collaborative courses that combine students and faculty from the programs in playwriting, acting, directing, and design. In addition to classroom work, directing students will be expected to assist on two Trinity Rep main–stage productions, direct at least four studio productions, and direct a thesis project with full design support. Members of the directing faculty will closely supervise each of these productions. Brown/Trinity Rep will not be accepting Directing applications in the fall of 2019. The next open application cycle for the Directing program will be in the fall of 2020.

Financial Aid

Full and partial tuition scholarships based on financial need, past performance, and evidence of potential success in the program. Tuition scholarship grants are awarded at the time of acceptance.

Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies
Brown University
Box 1869
401-521-1100, ext. 271
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Director Brown/Trinity MFA Programs in Acting and Directing: Angela Brazil

Department Chair: Patricia Ybarra

Director of Graduate Study: Shura Baryshnikov